May 2011

 

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May 1, Sunday

Friends of the Art Museum Annual Supper and Presentation of Awards for Distinction in the Visual Arts

5:30 P.M., Kirk Alumni Center

A members-only dinner and awards presentation for local artists, art students, and arts benefactors. Information and reservations: 802.443.2309 or mlane@middlebury.edu.

 

May 1, Sunday

Paul Lewis, piano

3:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Pianist Paul Lewis, Gramophone's Instrumentalist of the Year 2008, is a regular guest at Middlebury, as well as at the world's most prestigious venues and festivals. This year, he has embarked upon a two-year Schubert project, entitled Schubert and the Piano: 1822-1828, performing all the mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. This second installment in the five-concert project features Schubert's 12 Waltzes, Four Impromptus, Hungarian Melody in B Minor, and Sonata no.18 in G Major. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated events on October 12 and February 15. Reserved Seating. Tickets: $24/18/6.

 

College-Community Chorus
May 1, Sunday*

Middlebury College Community Chorus

Jeff Rehbach, conductor

7:30 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

A choral concert to welcome spring and the month of May. This large chorus, with a history that dates back more than 150 years, brings singers together from on and off campus and throughout the Champlain Valley. This concert includes madrigals by Thomas Morley and William Byrd; folk song settings by John Rutter and Robert De Cormier; contemporary works including Morten Lauridsen's Nocturnes and Eliza Gilkyson's Requiem; and selections from Haydn's The Creation. Also featured: an abridged version of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, with senior music major Hannah Waite '11 playing solo piano and organist George Matthew, Jr. Special guests: the Middlebury College Women's Glee Club, Jessica Allen, director, presenting classical and contemporary works alongside arrangements of traditional songs. Free

*This concert program will also be presented at the First United Methodist Church in Burlington, on April 30 at 7:30 P.M.

 

 

bassoon_stockphoto
Monday, May 2

Bassoon Coffee Break

5:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

Kelsey Calhoun '12,  Ethan Schmertzler '12, an Affiliate Artist Rachael Elliot offer an informal "min-recital" of solo works, duets, and trios on the bassoon. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

piano
May 2, Monday

Piano Recital by the Students of Cynthia Huard

7:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Students studying with Affiliate Artist Cynthia Huard present an evening of piano repertoire. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 


piano
May 3, Tuesday

Peter (Wren) Huston '11, piano

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Senior piano recital, sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Taking Flight Spring 2011
May 4, Wednesday

Taking Flight

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre

A “lightly produced” showing of dance experiments by the new batch of choreographers emerging from the Advanced Beginning Dance course. Sponsored by the Dance Program. Free

Pictured: Dance majors James Moore '11, Alexandra Vasquez '12, and Alicia Evancho. Photo Alan Kimara Dixon

 

treble clef
May 5, Thursday

Original Music Compositions

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Students in MUSC0210, taught by Su Lian Tan, present their newest work. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

electronic music
May 6, Friday

Electronic Music Recital

10:10 A.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Students in Peter Hamlin's class present their final projects. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

hannah_brothertonMay 6, Friday

El Viaje:

An Original Song Cycle by Hannah Brotherton '11

7:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Hannah Brotherton '11 presents her song cycle composition that explores the musicality of the Spanish language.  Her three-movement work, based on the poetry of Vicente Huidobro, brings to life what she envisions as a journey between two people.  Brotherton honors the original essence of Huidobro’s poetry, which founded the poetic movement Creationism, but uses the music to mold her own artistic vision. Huidobro’s poetry gives birth to novel images that invoke a completely unique world, which Brotherton explores and interprets through her musical setting.Each song has a unique instrumentation inspired by the individual spirit of each respective poem, but that also follows the progression that unifies the cycle.  Featuring Hannah Brotherton ‘11, mezzo-soprano; Catherine Hayes ‘12, flute; Samouel Beguin ‘13, clarinet; Brendan Scully ‘13, tenor saxophone; Michael Dickerson ‘11, guitar; Sophia Hagen ‘11, cello; and Nathan Kloczko ‘12, piano.The concert will last approximately 20 minutes. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

Bach
May 6–8, Friday–Sunday

Middlebury Bach Festival

Concert Saturday at 8:00 P.M., Mead Memorial Chapel

The first of its kind, this Festival seeks to further the appreciation of the music, life, and work of Johann Sebastian Bach by providing College and community audiences with three days of performances and informative workshops May 6–8. Opening on Friday with a Gala event at the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Festival continues Saturday with all-day interest sessions and an exciting concert in Mead Chapel, finishing with performances of music by Bach in congregations throughout Middlebury on Sunday. Internationally-recognized Bach scholar Christoph Wolff of Harvard University offers a featured lecture “In Search of J. S. Bach’s Human Face: The Everyday Life of the Leipzig Thomascantor” on Saturday. All of these events bring the College and the town of Middlebury together, modeled after the way the famous organist/composer worked in Leipzig over 275 years ago.

Many of the Festival events are free; Saturday concert tickets: $10/8/6; on sale April 18.

 

 

Scenes and Songs
*revised date and location
May 8, Sunday*

Scenes and Songs: A Sampling of Musical Theatre from Opera to Broadway

7:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Music students present a lively evening of musical theatre, from opera to Broadway, featuring scenes from Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro, L'Elisir d'Amore, The Old Maid and the Thief, Patience, Kismet, Sweeney Todd, The Frogs, Parade, and others. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free *This event has been rescheduled from Friday, April 29, and has been moved to the Concert Hall.

Pictured: Charles Giardina '12 and Noah Silverstein '11


monstrosity
May 8, Sunday

Monstrosity (A Play Outside)

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Independent work by Sasha Rivera '12 (playwriting).A play for Middlebury's Bread Loaf Campus takes the site back in time, to its early days as a Victorian resort. A family arrives for their vacation, bringing along with them Mary, a monster, leashed and veiled; she cannot speak, only growl and snarl. Her presence raises the problem of monstrous ugliness, against a backdrop of the most beautiful of locations. A student play reading sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

 

sheet music
May 9, Monday

Snacktime with The Gale Force Winds

4:30 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

A newly-formed woodwind quintet has the perfect antidote to semester-end stress: an informal concert accompanied by tea and afternoon snack.  Composed of Catherine Hayes '12 on flute, Amanda Kaminsky '13 on clarinet, Sam Beguin '13 on clarinet, Suzanne Calhoun '14 on horn, and Kelsey Calhoun '12 on bassoon, The Gale Force Winds will be playing an eccentric program of Shostakovich, Luening, and Milhaud.  Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

Hannah_Waite-laserharp
May 9, Monday

Hannah Waite '11: Laser Harp, Physics/Music Project

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Get ready for unique sights and sounds as Middlebury College senior Hannah Waite performs original music and speaks about the unusual instrument she designed and built herself. “The laser harp is analogous to a normal harp, with lasers in the place of strings,” notes Waite, who is a double major in Physics and Music. “Rather than creating a note when a string is plucked, the laser harp sounds when a laser beam is interrupted.” Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

 

 

big_if
May 9, Monday

Big If

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Senior work by Gillian Durkee '11 (playwriting). Three young adults explore previously abandoned paths, re-examining their views on sex, success, and happiness. A student play reading sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

 

Warrior_Emperor
May 10, Tuesday

Friends of the Art Museum Trip: Montreal

Meet at 7:15 A.M., in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Parking Lot

Join the Middlebury College Friends of the Art Museum and members of UVM's Fleming Museum for a spring day trip to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to view their current exhibit, The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army. A unique selection of some 300 artifacts, including the famous life-size terracotta soldiers of the first Qin Emperor's army, will take visitors back through 1,000 years of Chinese art and history. Members: $65 per person; non-members: $75 per person. RSVP by Friday, April 22 to Kristen Kilbashian at the Fleming Museum: (802) 656-0750 or fleming@uvm.edu. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts website at www.mbam.qc.ca.

 

 

houriastories
May 10, Tuesday

Houria Stories

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Seeler Studio Theatre

Senior work by Galen Anderson '11 (playwriting). Based on real observations and conversations, a fictional look into an Egyptian woman's life in activism, as a wife, and her path to reclaim agency in the midst of social and familial pressures. A student play reading sponsored by the Theatre Program. Free

 

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Art by Stephen McCombe '10
May 10, Tuesday (through May 22)

44th Annual Student Exhibition

Johnson Memorial Building, The Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pit Space, and Mezzanine

Photography, sculpture, installations, film, video, painting, printmaking, and drawing have all been featured over the course of past senior independent studio exhibitions. See what develops when the senior studio art majors in the class of 2011 present their work in a group exhibition. Free

Pictured: Stephen McCombe '10, sculpture and painting

 

champlainphilharmonic
May 14, Saturday

Champlain Philharmonic

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Featuring soloist Heidi Soons, Principal Harpist of the Vermont Symphony. In addition to performing as soloist on Debussy's Dances Sacred and Profane, Soons will also join the orchestra for Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Ravel's famous version of Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets: $12 adults and $10 for seniors and students.

 

Fairfield Porter-Farmhouse
May 19, Thursday (through August 7)

Fairfield Porter Raw: The Creative Process of an American Master

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery

Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) was an artist and critic whose works were grounded in the real world during years when abstraction largely dominated American art. Described as a reticent realist, he painted the world immediately surrounding him: his family, his friends, his studio, and his homes in Spruce Head Island, Maine, and Southampton, New York. This exhibit of 39 works, many of them unfinished, reflects on his working method and creative process. Free

Fairfield Porter Raw: The Creative Process of an American Master was organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.

Pictured: Fairfield Porter, Farmhouse, Great Spruce Head Island, 1954, oil on canvas, 25 3/8 x 36 3/4 inches, collection of the Parrish Art Museum, gift of the Estate of Fairfield Porter, 1980.10.104

 

Multiples-Baldessari, Cliche Eskimo
May 19 (ongoing)

Multiples: 20th- and 21st-Century Art

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery

Drawn from the museum's permanent collection of prints and photographs, this topical survey includes a number of recent acquisitions. Free

Pictured: John Baldessari, Cliché: Eskimo (Blue), 1995, lithograph and silkscreen on paper, 37 x 37 3/4 inches. Middlebury College Museum of Art, purchase with funds provided by the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Fund.

 

 

Choir
May 20, Friday

Senior Week Choral Concert

8:00 P.M., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

In celebration of its graduates, the Middlebury College Choir performs a concert that includes the students' favorite repertoire from the past four years. Alumni join the choir on stage in this Senior Week tradition. Sponsored by the Department of Music. Free

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